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For Altamont CEO students Justin Goeckner, Maria Kuhns, and Ladon Oder. The CEO students will host conference for area residents on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Kenneth Wachtel was recognized as a 60-year member of the National Rural Letter Carries Association. Presenting the award is Jane Ruholl, committeman-at-large for the organization.

At the Altamont Indians varsity boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 6, S&W Supermarket presented a check for $100 to the Altamont Education Foundation. Pictured from left: Kevin Schultz of the AEF, Donna L. Kroening, Altamont Unit #10 secretary, Benton White, S&W Supermarket, and Jeff Fritchtnitch, Altamont Unit # 10 Superintendent.

The “Gifts to the Yanks” representatives, front row, from left: Connie Roll, unit chaplain, Danielle White, auxiliary member; back row: Gary White, post commander, Todd Slingerland, post adjutant, Ralph Rounds, post chaplain, and Diane Rounds, unit president.

Karen Greuel, Director of Ballard Nature Center, displays a gall to children at a Ballard educational program on hibernation on Tuesday, Dec. 30. A fly larva was found nestled inside.


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Friday, 30 January 2015 08:27
4 pm to end of Super Bowl. Everyone invited. Bar will be open and serving drinks. Schuetzenfest will be serving chili, wings, pulled pork, nachos, cheese & sausage. Etc. $7.00 will allow anyone to purchase a plate and be able to eat all during the Super Bowl. No registration necessary. Just come out and come on in.
Local grad Pontious tackles Broken Skull Challenge Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 January 2015 12:49

For Altamont native Nate Pontious, pushing himself to the limit physically is what drives him.
“I’m constantly looking for that next adrenaline rush or looking for that next level that I can take myself to,” the ACHS class of 2009 graduate stated.
That search led him to audition for Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, a competitive reality show that pits participants against each other in physical battles of strength and endurance for a $10,000 prize. After a four-month audition process, Pontious was selected as a participant for the current season.
A few months after high school graduation, Pontious signed up for the United States Marine Corps, something that his father and grandfather had both done.
“My dad did it. My grandpa did it. I knew I wanted to serve, too,” he said. His military stint took him all over the world, to places including Djibouti, Oman, Hong Kong, Jordan, and Afghanistan multiple times.

School board approves $3.2 million bond sale Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 January 2015 10:23

The Altamont Community Unit School District #10 met in regular session on Monday, Jan. 12 in the unit office. The board approved the sale of $3.2 million in bonds. $2.8 million will be for life safety purposes and $400,000 will be used as working cash. No public comment was heard on the matter.
The board applauded the eight grade girls basketball team for competing at the state tournament.
AGS Principal Doug Hill stated that the Chromebook rollout was smooth. He also reported that the school National Geographic Bee will be held on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:15 p.m.

Levitt bringing opry to area for 10 years Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 January 2015 12:47

For 75 years, Altamont native Chuck Levitt has been a musician, playing among others, the fiddle, banjo, and guitar. His love of music led him to begin the Altamont Opry, which in April will celebrate 10 years of showcasing musical talent from all around the area.
Levitt was born to play, and got his start early. “When you were old enough to play two or three chords, you were put in a band,” he stated. Levitt, whose career was spent as a manufacturing engineer and manager in the plastics business in the Chicago/ Wheaton area, stated that while he loves music, the life of a professional music swayed him away from pursuing that full-time.
“It’s a hard life with the travel… and there’s not payback in it, especially now,” he explained.

Family’s icicle lands them in national spotlight Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 January 2015 10:19

Meant to honor their beloved husband and stepfather, a giant icicle five miles south of St. Elmo has led to national notoriety beyond Katherine Ragal and son Garrick Moreland’s wildest dreams.
Alan Ragal, Katherine’s late husband, had been making small icicles in the yard from low-hanging tree limbs when in 2010 his stepson Garrick, proprietor of Black Water Tree Service, got involved. Each bringing an expertise to the endeavor, the two constructed a 30-foot icicle.
Alan then passed away in 2012. The mother-son duo kept the tradition alive, but issues arose when Garrick trimmed his mother’s low-hanging limbs this past year. Instead of quitting, the two decided to go bigger. 

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